Turkey Valley Spring Seed Starting Day

Turkey Valley usually has an annual Spring planting day, and I was lucky to be a major part of it this year.  With the help of Mrs. Vsetecka, Turkey Valley’s garden champion, I gathered some seeds and materials.  It was essential to have staff coordination and support for this day to go so well.  I was excited to finally feel like Spring is here and so were the kids!  The Preschool classrooms, Kindergarten, First and Second grades all planted seeds and watered them.  We left the seeds with some extra love, thanks, and good luck wishes to grow healthy this Spring.  We are eager to get our hands dirty in the garden and to taste some delicious vegetables! Continue reading

Youth Leaders Address the Issues of Poverty, Hunger and Food Insecurity

4-H Food and Fitness members gathered from 9 school districts around NE Iowa for the Regional Youth Leadership Team winter gathering on the Luther College campus this month. These youth and adults from area schools meet quarterly to learn about wellness issues in their communities, identify projects to help their school or community, and network by sharing experiences of their club projects and build ideas for future ones. Continue reading

Summer in Winter

The school garden beds in Oelwein are blanketed in snow and ice, and the sub-zero temperatures today seem so distant from the heat and humidity of the Northeast Iowa summer.  I have been filling up on roots: turnips, carrots, and potatoes.  Storage crops grown by local farmers this past season are keeping me nourished and warm during this season of sleep.  I am so lucky to have access to healthy, local food.  I am so privileged to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Continue reading

Go the Distance May

With school winding down and the weather getting nice, Turkey Valley CSD has been itching to be up and out of their desks. The Wellness Team planned a Go the Distance May event through Live Healthy Iowa to promote physical activity along with school pride and mentorship. The intent was to have the whole school walk around the track, but rainy weather required us to walk the hallways and gyms instead. Continue reading